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Events at the Mechanics' Institute

Classes
Thursday, May 05, 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Strategies for Finding Information on Private Companies

Finding information about public companies can be a cakewalk. For private companies, this same task can be a tough challenge. This tutorial demonstrates to attendees various free and private Web-based resources that access relevant information on these elusive organizations.

Members only; Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, May 05, 2016 - 6:00pm

Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, And the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya

With author William Carlsen

Author William Carlsen offers the true story of the uncovering of the remains of the astonishing Maya civilization that revealed an ancient, wide-spread and sophisticated culture.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 06, 2016 - 6:00pm

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

May 2016 - Idol Worship

This sumptuous Hollywood costume drama depicts the great queen who was forced to choose between her throne and her lover.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, May 09, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Night Train

by Martin Amis

Former homicide officer Mike Hoolihan is called in by her mentor, Colonel Tom Rockwell, to investigate the suspicious suicide of his daughter.

Members Only; Free
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Activities
Monday, May 09, 2016 - 6:00pm

Mechanics' Institute Tour @ Night

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.

Members & Public Free
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Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Second Tuesday TED Talk

Topic TBD

Bring your lunch and curiosity to talk about ideas, stories, and concepts with fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff.

Members only - Free
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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 6:45pm to 7:45pm

Housekeeping

by Marilynne Robinson

When Marilynne Robinson published this novel in 1980, she was unknown in the literary world. The book became a classic, and Robinson was hailed as one of the defining American writers of her generation. Housekeeping is the story of Ruthie, a friendless child living in a remote town, orphaned, and with no one but her sister Lucille and their grandmother Sylvia Foster to turn to.

Members Only; Free
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Activities
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

100,000 Pictures: Presenting OpenSFHistory

Join David Gallagher and Woody LaBounty, founders of the Western Neighborhoods Project, for an illustrated presentation about their newly launched endeavor: OpenSFHistory.org.

Members & Public Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 6:00pm

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

May 2016 - Idol Worship

Reputations are made and myths manufactured in one of the greatest Westerns ever made.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Become an Email Hero with Methods for Achieving Inbox Zero

Email is a big part of our lives and our workdays, and many are looking for new ways to organize our inboxes and keep them organized. Find out about methods for sorting and processing emails, how to tell if an email is a scam or spam, being a considerate email sender – and bring your own questions on how to manage your inbox.

Members only; Free

Book Group Meetings - Non-Fiction Book Group - Online
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Writing on the Wall: Social Media — the First 2,000 Years

by Tom Standage

Social media is anything but a new phenomenon. This book reminds us how historical social networks have much in common with modern social media. Writing on the Wall draws on history to cast provocative new light on today's social media and encourages debate and discussion about how we'll communicate in the future.

Members Only; Free
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Classes
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Value Line Resource Center: The Road to Smarter Investing

Put this leading authoritative investment information resource covering over 3,000 publicly traded companies to work for you. Explore the proprietary content of Value Line’s dynamic platform with myriad analytical tools and expert guidance.

Members Only; Free

Activities
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 6:00pm

Wine at the Fairs: Vinous Products at the Mechanics' Institute's Industrial Expositions, 1857–1899

An illustrated presentation

In this presentation, Taryn Edwards will provide an overview of the wine producers that exhibited at the Expositions, the birth of California's wine industry, and the Expositions' impact on California.

Members & Public Free

Activities
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 12:00pm

Writers' Lunch with Jessica Levine

On Turning Life Into Fiction

Drawing on her work as a novelist and an Edith Wharton scholar, Jessica Levine will discuss the alchemy of turning autobiographical material into fiction.

Members only - Free
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CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 6:00pm

Ray (2004)

May 2016 - Idol Worship

A powerhouse biopic of Ray Charles from childhood poverty to stardom, filled with dramatic moments and outstanding performances.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Meet the Author(s)
Monday, May 23, 2016 - 12:30pm

Learn from Children?

Christopher Phillips in conversation with Ralph Lewin

Join Christopher Phillips in conversation with Ralph Lewin as they talk about Phillips latest book, The Philosophy of Childing.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Public $15

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 6:00pm

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

With author Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild offers a fascinating account of the Americans who traveled to Spain to help its democratic government fight off Francisco Franco's fascist uprising.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Members of Humanities West Free
Public $15

Classes
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Become an Email Hero with Methods for Achieving Inbox Zero

Email is a big part of our lives and our workdays, and many are looking for new ways to organize our inboxes and keep them organized. Find out about methods for sorting and processing emails, how to tell if an email is a scam or spam, being a considerate email sender – and bring your own questions on how to manage your inbox.

Members only; Free

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 6:45pm to 7:45pm

Dictée

by Theresa Hak Chyung Cha

Dictée is the story of several women: the Korean revolutionary Yu Guan Soon, Joan of Arc, Demeter and Persephone, Cha's mother Hyung Soon Huo (a Korean born in Manchuria to first-generation Korean exiles), and Cha herself. The element that unites these women is suffering and the transcendence of suffering, and the book is divided into nine parts structured around the Greek Muses.

Members Only; Free
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CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 6:00pm

Dishonored (1931)

May 2016 - Idol Worship

The great seductress plays an Austrian spy in WWI Russia in the third (of seven) films she made with her favorite director.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Email Netiquette: Subject Lines, “Reply All”, and CAPS – oh my!

In the face of the many distractions on the web vying for our attention, email etiquette may fall by the wayside. Join this class for a brief presentation of email best practices, followed by Q & A.

Members only; Free

Classes
Thursday, June 09, 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Key Financial Magazines and Newspapers Every Astute Investor Should Read

Discover which publications provide the most resourceful sources of investment information covering the latest financial and economic trends, reports on specific industries, corporate developments, with solid insight for investors to use in their financial planning and management. We examine the key features and practical advice offered by The Financial Times, Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, The Economist, and Bloomberg Businessweek to name a few, in both print and web format.

Members only; Free

Classes
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks

The Mechanics' Institute offers hundreds of digital titles that you can download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone from anywhere there's an internet connection. Bring your device to this hands-on workshop where you'll set up an account, have your questions answered, and get started downloading eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks.

Members only; Free
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Activities
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 12:00pm

Writers' Lunch with Elle Febbo

How To Write and Use a One-Sheet

Join us for another Writers’ Lunch! Author, philanthropist, and media expert Elle Febbo will discuss the professional mechanics of a “One-Sheet”, including how to write one, how to use one to promote and sell books, and what to never include.

Members only; Free
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Classes
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Email Netiquette: Subject Lines, “Reply All”, and CAPS – oh my!

In the face of the many distractions on the web vying for our attention, email etiquette may fall by the wayside. Join this class for a brief presentation of email best practices, followed by Q & A.

Members only; Free

Classes
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Morningstar Investment Research: Financial Intelligence Pays Off

Learn how to retrieve investment research, analyst reports, and recommendations for thousands of mutual funds and stocks using this resource.

Members only; Free